Charles Daniels (swimmer)

Charles Daniels (swimmer)

Charles Daniels
Personal information
Full name Charles Meldrum Daniels
Nickname(s) "Charlie"
Nationality  United States
Born (1885-03-24)March 24, 1885
Dayton, Ohio
Died August 9, 1973(1973-08-09) (aged 88)
Carmel Valley Village, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club New York Athletic Club

Charles Meldrum Daniels (March 24, 1885 – August 9, 1973) was an American competition swimmer, eight-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Daniels was an innovator of the front crawl swimming style, inventing the "American crawl".[1]

Daniels began his swimming career with the New York Athletic Club in 1903. At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Daniels became the first American to win an Olympic medal, winning gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter freestyle races.[1]

Daniels was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1965.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Colwin, Cecil (February 2002). Breakthrough Swimming. Human Kinetics. p. 18.  
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Charles Daniels (USA). Retrieved January 6, 2013.

External links

  • Charles Daniels – Olympic athlete profile at
  • "Eight Swimming Marks for Daniels", New York Times, January 1, 1911